Are You a Good Photographer?

This may seem like a really stupid question that are you a good photographer? Can you really take a photo of a white or black and make it look professional, perhaps with digital imaging software? If not, you’ll probably never sell that many pictures!

If you know the digital photography tips and you can shoot well, you only need a disposable camera, toys, or a camera phone to create an excellent job. If you are not talented, it does not matter if you buy a Nikon D3X or Leica; your work is always inspired.

It is always better to spend your time and money on learning digital photography lessons, and not spending more on cameras.

Learn to manipulate and enhance your photos with Photoshop. You can do wonders with your photos once you learn the basics. Photoshop Elements or any type of photo software that can make a job fair, and even scrap booking software can really add a touch of creativity to the photographs that could not be otherwise handled.

Creativity – One of the most important digital photography tip and skills a photographer needs to have and it does not come naturally it can be taught. A camera catches your imagination. No imagination, no photo – just crap. The word “image” comes from the word “imagination”. It does not come from the sharp “lens” or “levels of noise.”

Images of people who do things tend to be much more interesting than the people sitting passively doing nothing. For those of your subject will focus on something that adds energy to a photo (and takes their focus off yourself), but it also puts into context and adds an element of history to your image.

There are many other digital photo tips and tricks you can learn and use to make the best possible digital photos possible. Consider getting one or two books from the library and reading. Or, if you’re a fan of the Internet, visit the websites of several on digital photography lessons. The more you know, the better your photos will be digital.

Buerger’s Disease – It’s Not About Boogers!

Have you ever wondered why some people do stupid things? Or why, not only do they do stupid things, but they continue to do stupid things? I know that I do. For example, I drive down the road, and when I see that someone is uncomfortable driving when the sun is coming up, I wonder why they continue driving at an increasingly slow pace instead of using those clever little things called sun visors or sun glasses. I especially wonder this when they are right in front of me on the freeway into work.

Let’s face it, we all do things that other people look at us and wonder- “why?” The stunning thing about this question is, often there is no good answer. We may come up with many excuses, but seldom a good answer. Even more stunning is when it leads to some sick disease that slowly erodes the body, only to be met with pure non-resistance. Like, for example, what my biological mother Cay is dealing with.

Let me answer this question before I move on- yes, I said biological- I referred to her in this way because, I was adopted, and I don’t want those of you who know me to get her confused with my mom who raised me. With that being said, I will carry on.

Cay has Buerger’s Disease. For those of you who are inadequate in your medical knowledge and lingo, this is what it is: “a recurring inflammation and clotting of small and medium arteries and veins of the hands and feet.” Now, on the surface, that doesn’t sound so bad. But then as you dig a bit deeper, and look at some lovely hand models that allowed themselves to get this disease and then be photographed for medical textbooks, we find that it is a little less on the not so bad side and more on the disturbing side… For you see, untreated, Buerger’s Disease leads to one fun major complication- drum roll, please- gangrene in the fingers and toes! Hoo-ray for gangrene! (At this point, for those of you who are really really inadequate to the point of being raised in a swamp somewhere, gangrene is when your flesh starts dying and rotting away).

Now upon hearing this, my initial reaction is probably the same as yours: Time to go to the doctor and get treated! However, it is not quite that simple. Or should I say, it is much more simple than that. You see, this disease has one simple cure. Stop smoking. Stop the use of all tobacco products. Do so immediately. Period. As in, there is NO OTHER CURE. Upon being diagnosed, Cay was faced with one of two choices: continue smoking, and therefore keep the finger-rotting fun and eventually have those five appendages removed by amputation, or stop smoking. I know it sounds weird, because you would think there was some other way, but alas, there is not. A simple cure recognized by doctors world wide.

So Cay stopped smoking and all will be fine. O.K., that was actually a lie. If she had quit, I obviously would not be writing this. So far, at this point anyway, she has not put down the cancer sticks and has chosen to live with the pain. All for the love of a cigarette. Most people throw their life away for the love of a woman, or the love of a man, but the love of a cancer stick? The verdict is in, she will eventually lose her fingers if she does not quit, to which I ask, how then will she smoke?

I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that she is still lighting up. But then, I must look in the mirror and ask myself this: If I were in her position, would I be willing to quit? Yes, she has many excuses, to which I think are all stupid. But would I quit, or even be able to come up with a better excuse? Let’s face it, I am no genius at keeping myself on the straight and narrow of anything. I constantly take two steps forward and then ten steps back. In case you are wondering, those ten steps are running steps.

We constantly go down this path of stupid. I think it may be in our nature to do so- as was once said a long time ago, it is our sin nature. I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror, I see the same symptoms running through me- you could call it a “spiritual” Buerger’s Diesease. I have the answer- the cure is simple. Stop sinning. Stop doing stupid things that get in the way of my relationship with God. In doing so, God will take over and heal me from the gangrene and restore my soul.

Every day we are faced with choices. Will we choose that drag on that charcoal-enhanced sin? You know, the one in your personal life that is turning your spiritual lungs black? The one that keeps us from being able to fully breath deep the breath of God? Here is reality: sin slowly rots away our soul, from the inside out. If left unchecked, God will have no choice but to amputate- a process that will hurt us badly, and will result in us losing things that we do not want to lose. But at the end of the day- it is our own choice. It is time to stop leading a lukewarm life. The root of our sin is selfishness, and no excuse will change what we have done or make it better. The only thing, the only cure to our sin disease that hinders us is to stop sinning, and let the cleansing blood of Christ flow through us and over us in it’s healing power.

Personally, I think I want to avoid the surgeon’s knife- I like my fingers. I suggest you do the same…

What Are the Aspects to Expect in a Wedding Photographer?

Wedding is not just the association of two lives. It is the day when you celebrate that association with all the people you know. The photographs taken at your wedding live beyond you do. Those photographs will be looked by your grandsons and granddaughters one day even when you are not there. But how would you feel when those precious photos get pictured in a pathetic manner? If you want these photos to live beyond you do, you should hire a perfect wedding photographer.

Choosing the correct weeding photographer is one of the most important things you should do before your wedding. This can be quite confusing as there like a thousand companies and freelance photographers who are available for wedding purposes. If you need the best, you should consult those who have already had a wedding and that will give you a clearer idea. If you have a wedding committee or anything of that sort, you should ask them before you make the choice. If you hire Candid Wedding photographers, they will capture the spontaneous scenes in a wedding without trouble. The main advantage in hiring Candid Wedding photographers is the fact that they are quite fast and they take photos without creating a scene unlike some so called professionals.

Some of you might consider taking photos on your own. But if you want me to be fair with you I would ask you to put that idea in the garbage. Wedding is an occasion which is going to last in your minds for a really long time and how stupid are you for trying to save some bucks during that day? Moreover these photographers use higher end cameras and lenses which cost thousands of dollars so the quality which you get from them will be top class.

If you are planning to do your ceremony in a foreign land, you should probably take a destination wedding photographer with you. When you are going to a foreign land, you would obviously end up going to various sightseeing spots and a conventional photographer will find it difficult to capture those places. But a destination wedding photographer can adapt to these situations and he will provide you the best shots for outdoor places as well. Rather than taking a photographer with you, you can hire a photographer at the place you go. For instance if you are planning to do your wedding on Australia, you should hire a photographer who has wider knowledge on Australian Wedding photography.